Knowledge of philosophical and religious traditions is important to understanding many aspects of East Asia's diverse cultures. This major seeks to train students in these traditions in a way that is grounded in a familiarity with the texts, languages, and cultures of East Asian societies, while also examining how these traditions have been and might better be brought into humanistic disciplines. Students who major in the department have a variety of backgrounds and many students are double majors in a broad spectrum of other departments and programs, including anthropology, applied mathematics, architecture, art history, art practice, Asian studies, business, comparative literature, computer science, economics, English, linguistics, mass communications, molecular and cell biology, political economy, political science, psychology, rhetoric, and theater arts. Students interested in majoring in the department should consult with the staff undergraduate adviser regarding major requirements, transfer credits, and other academic concerns.
Chinese Culture, Tradition, and Customs
Religion and Orientalism in Asian Studies | Reading Religion
Skip to content. Skip to navigation. Present day Chinese culture is an amalgamation of old world traditions and a westernized lifestyle. The two co-exist like the traditional Yin Yang formula of balance.
Chinese Turn To Religion To Fill A Spiritual Vacuum
Louisa Lim. Believers of the folk goddess Mazu on Meizhou Island off China's southeast coast carry a statue of her to the main square during a celebration of her 1,th birthday. The goddess is believed to protect fishermen at sea and help the poor, and her popularity is growing. The Chinese government is now encouraging the worship of deities in the folk, Daoist and Buddhist pantheon.
It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones — and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and Freddie Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out. Yet, a brief glance at an ancient religion — still being practised today — suggests that what many take for granted as wholesome Western ideals, beliefs and culture may in fact have Iranian roots. It is generally believed by scholars that the ancient Iranian prophet Zarathustra known in Persian as Zartosht and Greek as Zoroaster lived sometime between and BC.